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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Having such a process in place for credentialing addiction counselors sounds like a really good idea. So does having a uniform test across the States and beyond -- IC&RC also administers testing for addiction counselors in numerous countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas (see map below). Such procedures have the potential to ensure that addiction counselors are knowledgeable, accountable, consistent and better equipped to help their clients.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The S&P 500 stock index rose to an intraday record on Monday, topping 2,000 for the first time in a broad rally led by financial and biotechnology stocks. Major indexes opened higher, with the benchmark index hitting a record early in the session, though it didn't cross the 2,000 milestone until shortly after 10 a.m. Eastern. Equities were boosted by corporate merger activity and growing hopes for more monetary stimulus in European markets. "All the world events are negative; people are just shrugging them off," said Adam Hewison, president and chief executive at INO.com. "I think we're going to continue seeing gains."


Saturday, August 02, 2014

A chokehold used by a white police officer on a black New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide. Eric Garner, 43, whose videotaped confrontation with police has caused widespread outcry and calls by the Rev. Al Sharpton for federal prosecution, was killed by "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police," said medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer. His death was caused by the "compression of his neck (chokehold), compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police" and asthma, heart disease and obesity were contributing factors, Bolcer said.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marijuana Treatment in Florida Charlotte's Web Law Could Face Long Delay
Florida's new medical marijuana law might have run into an obstacle too great to help sick children as quickly as the Legislature intended or families who had urged the bill now expect.
When the second day-long workshop on the "Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014" convenes at 9 a.m. Friday, legislators, lobbyists, affected families and other interested parties are likely to discover the University of Florida, the hoped-for $1 million recipient and research component called for in the bill, is out of the mix.

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A federal appeals panel on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi law that would have shut the sole abortion clinic in the state by requiring its doctors to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals, something they had been unable to do. By a 2-to-1 vote, the panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that by imposing a law that would effectively end abortion in the state, Mississippi would illegally shift its constitutional obligations to neighboring states. The ruling is the latest at a time when states, particularly in the South, are increasingly setting new restrictions that supporters say address safety issues and that critics say are intended to shut clinics. read more


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